DIY Micarta w/pics

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DIY Micarta w/pics

Post by Blackthorn-USA » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:29 pm

So I decided to try my hand at micarta or jeancarta scales for my kukri. Here’s how it went.

Found some brown and green jeans at a second hand shop and cut into strips.

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Saturated strips in fiberglass resin and layered them on wax paper alternating colors into a stack a bit thicker than I wanted my scales to be.

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Folded the wax paper around the stack and clamped the stack to eliminate air bubbles and hold the stack flat as it cured.

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During this time I bead blasted the blade, got the rough edge shaped and seasoned the blade much like you would with cast iron. We’ll see how well that works out. I then cut the scales out of the cured slab, drilled my holes and attached them with epoxy.

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My wife has a cheap Bowie that she likes to throw. I re-handled hers as well, blue and orange, Bronco's fan

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With various sanders and 4 ½ inch grinders with flap wheels I did most of the shaping. Then went to a Dremel tool and hand sanding.

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Once I liked the shape I gave hers a few coats of lacquer and mine a couple coats of linseed oil. I also re-covered my sheath and added mollee straps so I can attach a pouch to it. It also has 18’ of para cord on it now.

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I have to work on the edge some more now but I’m pleased with the handles. The kukri fits in the hand nice and the scales provide a good grip. The Bowie is rather slick handled and the wife says it’s easy to release when throwing.

Fun and easy project. Any questions hit me up.
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